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Leadless pacing shows promise. PDF Print
MedPage Today: The results indicate that leadless right ventricular pacing is feasible, Reddy said. He acknowledged that the study was small, but said that "this raises the possibility of being able to remove the weakest link of pacemaker systems, which is of course the lead."

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FDA and the Heart Association and other agencies fight over aspirin PDF Print
The FDA recently issued a message to consumers stating that the evidence does not support the "general" use of aspirin for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

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Salt controversy back in the New York Times. PDF Print
NY Times: Yet the study that Dr. Farley cites, led by Feng J. He of the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and published this month in the journal BMJ Open, is only the latest salvo in a long-running debate over the links between health and dietary salt, and several experts this week described the new research as flawed.

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Have we found the cure for atherosclerosis? D-PDMP a potential candidate. PDF Print
Eurekalert: The treatment also prevented fatty plaque and calcium deposits from building up inside the animals' vessels. These effects were observed in animals on a daily D-PDMP treatment even though they ate a diet made up of 20 percent triglycerides — the human equivalent of eating a greasy burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, the researchers say, D-PDMP appears to precision-target the worst byproducts of aberrant cell growth signaling, such as oxidized LDL and the activity of certain chemicals that fuel vessel inflammation, without altering cell growth itself.

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New test detects diabetic retinopathy at an early stage. PDF Print
EurekAlert: The changes to the subjects in the study included corkscrew-shaped capillaries. The capillaries were not just a little thicker, and therefore distorted, but instead the blood vessel walls had to grow in length to make these loops. This is visible only at microscopic levels, making it difficult to determine who has the more advanced disease among patients, because these eyes look similar when viewed with the typical instruments found in the clinic. Yet, some of these patients already have sight-threatening complications.... The study, "In vivo adaptive optics microvascular imaging in diabetic patients without clinically severe diabetic retinopathy," was published in the journal Biomedical Optics Express. It is available at http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-5-3-961.

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